owboy Action Shooting was first created in
1981 by Harper Creigh aka Judge Roy Bean, SASS
#1. After watching a couple of old westerns
on TV on a rainy Saturday afternoon, he had
a brain storm. An avid shooter in Soldier of
Fortune and IPSC type action shooting matches
he called shooting buddies, Gordon Davis and
Bill Hahn and presented an idea to shoot their
next match using western type guns. The rest,
as they say, is history.
Cowboy Action Shooting began at a shooting range
in Coto de Caza, California. In the beginning,
very loose rules were adhered to. But before
long an assemblage of rules began to take shape
and the new shooting sport evolved into what
it is today.
In April 1982, the first END of TRAIL was introduced.
Sixty-five registered shooters competed. It
wasn't until 1987, however, that SASS, The
Single Action Shooting Society was formed.
By then the Wild Bunch was formed and a membership
organization was created to preserve and promote
the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting.
Cowboy Action Shooting is the fastest growing
outdoor shooting sport in the country. Attracting
competitors from around the world, Cowboy Action
Shooting is not only a sport that tests the
shooters accuracy, but also a forum that brings
back the days of the Old West in a veritable
celebration of the cowboy lifestyle.
The Single Action Shooting Society is the governing
organization of Cowboy Action Shooting, worldwide.
Today, with over 97,000 members, SASS is represented
in all fifty states and 18 foreign countries. The
organization endorses regional matches conducted by
its more than 700 SASS affiliated clubs and promulgates
rules and procedures to ensure safety and consistency
in Cowboy Action Shooting matches. Most importantly,
however, SASS members share a common interest for
preserving the history of the Old West.
SASS is headquartered in Edgewood, New Mexico
and maintains a staff of 5 employees who conduct
the day-to-day operations. All SASS publications,
including The Cowboy Chronicle, SASS Rule Book,
Territorial Governor Bulletin, END of TRAIL
Publications, among others, are published in-house.
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